FEATURED ALUMNI

 

Our alums are doing great things! We created this 'Featured Alumni' page because we think it is very important for current and potential University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College students to hear from those who have graduated!

PEGGY ANDERSON '96

Growing up just 35 minutes from Rio (Beaver, OH - Pike County), Peggy Anderson chose Rio Grande to pursue her college education because of the intimate setting it provided. A graduate of Eastern High School, Peggy attended Rio on the Atwood Scholarship which made for most of her tuition. In 1996, she graduated with her Bachelor degree in Social Work and pursued her Master's degree at The Ohio State University. 

Peggy's very first professional job was a rural HIV case manager at the Columbus AIDS Task Force. She eventually worked her way up in the organization and became the Chief Operating Officer. Three years later, the company merged with another HIV organization and with it, the $7M budget became a $85M budget in just seven years. 

Today, Peggy lives with her partner of 25 years, Chris, and their cranky cat, Willow. They share a wonderful little house in Clintonville with the most amazing screened in back porch. #pegsporch

Peggy says she adores being an aunt and having a small part in developing the kids into independent thinkers, and she hopes they will hopefully fix the world.

READ MORE ABOUT PEGGY HERE


DAMON KNOCHE '00

After finishing his degree at Rio in 2000, Knoche worked as a classroom teacher and administrator in public education for eight years, serving in various roles that included intervention specialist, athletic director, and alternative school principal. He then had the opportunity to move into the non-profit arena, and served with the YMCA for ten years, nearly six of which as a Branch Executive Director, where he had opportunities to engage in leadership development with professionals all across the country to promote youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility initiatives in my community. Through strong relationships and collaborative partnerships, Knoche established programs that addressed childhood obesity, cancer survivorship, and opportunities for all through inclusive programs such as Miracle League.  

Knoche also worked briefly with the National Kidney Foundation in Cincinnati, where we established partnerships with each of the local transplant center hospitals to drive education around living kidney donation, working to advocate for organ and tissue donation, and supporting those battling kidney disease as they shared their story of their need – some of which found a match, and received life-saving transplants that enable them to continue to live life to the fullest with their family and loved ones.

Today, Knoche serves as the President/CEO of Achieva Resources Corporation in Richmond, Indiana, an area affiliate of The Arc of Indiana and one of only eighteen organizations across Indiana that provide guardianship services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as those dually diagnosed with mental illnesses. This organization ensures that proper health care services and supports are in place for over 100 individuals, while advocating for their rights to be included in employment, social, and recreational opportunities throughout the community. At the same time, Knoche and the company work with local school districts and families of students with developmental disabilities to provide assessment screenings to those who may have signs of developmental delays, as well as educate families about life after graduation as their loved ones prepare for the transition beyond high school.  

Knoche lives with his wife Samantha, daughter Emeryson in Hamilton, OH. They are eagerly awaiting the birth of their second daughter, Amelia, planned to arrive at the end of September. 

READ MORE ABOUT DAMON HERE


JERRY BUCKLER '87

Jerry Buckler is currently a Judge for the Scioto County Common Pleas Court, Domestic Relations Division. He was elected Judge on November 6, 2012, and is currently completing his first 6-year term. Prior to being elected Judge, Buckler was an attorney practicing in Portsmouth, Ohio for16 years. As an attorney, he also served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney.

Prior to obtaining his law degree, Buckler taught high school mathematics for ten years (8 years at Clay HS in Portsmouth, Ohio, and 2 years at Clinton-Massie HS in Clarksville, Ohio. He also taught full-time at Shawnee State University in the mathematics department for two years.

Married to Lisa K. Reed Buckler, the couple just celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in August. They are the parents of two children, Adrienne and Adam. Adrienne is a 27 year-old attorney in Portsmouth, and Adam is a third year student at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry.

Buckler has lived in Lucasville, Scioto County, for the majority of his life.

READ MORE ABOUT JERRY HERE


TODD REIGLE '94

Turning to Rio Grande for the small college atmosphere, Todd Reigle made the most of his college career during his time from 1987-1994. Graduating with his Associates of Applied Science in Manufacturing, and then his Bachelor's of Science in Communications & Public Relations, Todd's professional career after college took him to the non-profit and media world, and most recently into the finance industry. 

Reigle has 11 years of non-profit managerial experience in fundraising, media, and public relations, and graphic design. After his first seven years, he decided to take a break from the non-profit world and started a career in marketing and promotions in the radio industry. While in radio, Reigle had the opportunity to market adult contemporary, oldies, and sports formats. The most recent format was sports radio for 97.1 The Fan in Columbus, which was the flagship station at the time for Ohio State, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Cleveland Indians. While at The Fan, Reigle was responsible for game-day marketing operations, on-air promotions, and events. One of his proudest accomplishments was hosting the annual Speilman Scramble, an event that raises funding for the James Cancer Hospital for Reigle's friends and co-worker, Chris and his wife Stephanie. After 13 years, Reigle left the station and worked for two national non-profits before landing his current position of Vice President of Marketing for the Equitable Mortgage Corporation. 

Todd married to his wife Alissa (Marks) in 2014 and he currently lives in Dublin, Ohio with her and his step-daughter, Lilly. Alissa, a Rio Alumnae, is the daughter of Rio Athletic Hall of Fame member, Don Marks. 

READ MORE ABOUT TODD HERE